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As usual there's no shortage of jazz happening around the city after the Chicago Jazz Festival winds down each night. Trumpeter and reedist Ira Sullivan returns to host the celebrated Jazz Showcase jam sessions, which reliably attract artists in town for the fest—club manager Wayne Segal says this year's likely participants include Donald Harrison, Larry Gray, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Jack DeJohnette, Muhal Richard Abrams, Paul Wertico, and Robert Glasper. The Jazz Showcase sessions tend to be pretty mainstream, but those looking for something more avant-garde can check out David Boykin's seventh annual Hereafter Fest at Heaven Gallery. Constellation is getting into the game during its first Jazz Festival weekend, presenting Friday and Saturday trio concerts by New Orleans saxophonist Edward "Kidd" Jordan, bassist William Parker, and drummer Alvin Fielder, whose sets will almost certainly turn into free-jazz romps. For years Jordan led afterfest jam sessions with Fred Anderson at the Velvet Lounge, so it's great to have him back.

Thursday 29

George Freeman-Mike Allemana Quartet 9:30 PM, Constellation, free

Aram Shelton Quartet with guests Josh Berman, Fred Lonberg-Holm, and Frank Rosaly; Aram Shelton Quartet 9 PM, Elastic, $8, all ages

Afterfest jam sessions hosted by Ira Sullivan 9 PM, Jazz Showcase, $20, $35 VIP

Friday 30

Hereafter Fest VII: Satoko Fujii & KAZE with guests Renee Baker, David Boykin, and Dan Godston; Microcosmic Sound Orchestra; DJ Anaya Contreras 9 PM, Heaven Gallery, $10 suggested donation

Edward "Kidd" Jordan, William Parker, Alvin Fielder, and guests 9:30 PM, Constellation, $15, $10 in advance

Afterfest jam sessions hosted by Ira Sullivan 9 PM, Jazz Showcase, $20, $35 VIP

Saturday 31

George Freeman with Dan Shapera, Joe Jenkins, Bradley Parker-Sparrow, and Joanie Pallatto 6:30 PM, Katerina's, $10

Hereafter Fest VII: David Boykin Expanse, Microcosmic Sound Orchestra, DJ Anaya Contreras 9 PM, Heaven Gallery, $10 suggested donation

Edward "Kidd" Jordan, William Parker, Alvin Fielder, and guests 9:30 PM, Constellation, $15, $10 in advance

Remembering Fred Anderson, hosted by Mwata Bowden and Tatsu Aoki, with Douglas Ewart, Dushun Mosley, Hanah Jon Taylor, Francis Wong, Kioto Aoki, and guests 9:30 PM, Elastic, $15, $13 for Jazz Institute of Chicago members, $10 for students

Afterfest jam sessions hosted by Ira Sullivan 9 PM, Jazz Showcase, $20, $35 VIP

Sunday 1

Delmark Records Jazz Brunch: Ernest Dawkins Quartet, Frank Catalano, Mike Smith, Eric Schneider, and more 10 AM, Jazz Record Mart, free

Rempis Percussion Quartet 10 PM, Hungry Brain, $10 suggested donation

Afterfest jam sessions hosted by Ira Sullivan 9 PM, Jazz Showcase, $20, $35 VIP

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